- Barbie Jean (Robichaud) Leonard, 73, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2016, with her loving and devoted husband of 33 years by her side. She was born on December 29, 1942, the daughter of Leo and Margaret (Cameron) Robichaud. She is survived by her husband, Gregory Leonard, her children: Sheila Benway and her husband, Dwayne, Scott Therrien and his partner, Laurie Halls, her grandson, Gabe Therrien, and Georgia Pelletier and her husband, Dennis Ng. She is also survived by her mother, Margaret Robichaud, her brother Dick Robichaud and his wife Dianne, her sister Beatrice Violette and her husband, Leroy, her brother Butch Robichaud and his wife Loretta, her brother Amos Robichaud and his wife, Pamela and her sister, Deborah Pollard and her husband, Greg, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Barbie was predeceased by her daughter, Margaret Mary Therrien, her grandson, Braden Dana Therrien and her father, Leo Robichaud.
Barbie was the oldest of six children and as she and her brothers and sisters went on to have their own families, some of her fondest memories were of spending time together with everyone at camp on Chemo Pond. She was employed as a private duty LPN when her children were young. She then went on to work at the Kagan-Lown shoe shop for many years as well as LaBree's bakery.
Barbie's children were her pride and joy and nothing pleased her more than spending time together, creating precious memories. Barbie was a very talented seamstress and made beautiful dresses for her daughters with matching outfits for their dolls when they were children. When her son needed a Pilgrim costume for a Thanksgiving play, she created a masterpiece. She is known for the beautifully patterned children's sweaters that she has knitted for several years, outfitting her own children as well as countless other children throughout her lifetime. She loved receiving pictures of the children wearing their little sweaters, and continued to knit sweaters until the time of her death. Barbie was also a talented carpenter and it was not unexpected to come home and find that she had knocked down a wall and built beautiful shelving in its place. Barbie also loved to dance and was always the first one to hit the floor to dance the Polka.
Barbie would like to recognize and send love to some very special people that she held dear in her heart: Gloria Michaud and Sheila Lee - her dear lifelong French Island girlfriends, Barbara Therrien - her greatest support system and devoted friend during her cancer treatments, Betty Collins - always there with a smile and cheer, Kathy Zaleski - her lifelong pen pal, and "The Libs" - Kirk and Eric Libby, who she loved like her own children. And most of all, her loving and wonderful husband, Greg, who brought the most joy and love to her heart and her life that she has ever known.
You are invited to a celebration of Barbie's life from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main Street, Old Town.
In lieu of flowers, Barbie has chosen the option to donate to EMMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in memory of her grandson, Braden Dana Therrien at or by mail: EMMC Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.